Speakers

Dr Kate Ringvall

Country Manager Sustainability Retail, IKEA Pty Ltd

Dr Kate Ringvall

Country Manager Sustainability Retail, IKEA Pty Ltd

Dr Kate Ringvall has been working and studying in the Sustainability field for nearly 20 years across Australia. She began her studies in Sustainability at Murdoch University in the early 90s when it was called Population Resources and Technology, which evolved into Social Ecology and then what we now know as Sustainability. Kate has worked in the Federal Government in Transport Environment Policy and Research focusing on a range of environmental concerns ranging from National Oceans Marine Parks, International Conventions on the Treatment of Hazardous Materials, to the economic costs of accidents and congestion. Kate has worked as a Sustainability Officer in two WA local governments and in the WA State Police Department, roles that covered a vast array of sustainability topics and issues, and also completed many years as an academic and researcher at Curtin University in Sustainable Urban Transport Planning. She completed a Masters in Public Policy at Murdoch University and her Thesis investigated the indicators of success in Public Transport systems; and her PhD in Planning at Curtin University examined the integration of sustainability into new ‘Green’ marketed suburbs in Perth. She has recently joined Ikea Australia as the Country Manager for Sustainability and has relocated from Perth.

Day:  Wednesday 14th June 2017
Time: 2.00pm- 3.15pm
Presentation Topic: The Business Case for Energy Independence in the Retail Sector

For Ikea sustainability has been a vital part of our DNA since the very beginning, and working towards a low carbon future and energy independence makes good business sense to us. Globally Ikea has decided to become energy independent by using energy as efficiently as possible and investing in the production of renewable energy, and as much possible we want to help our consumers to do the same. In 2015, IKEA Group committed another €600 million for renewable energy, building on the €1.5 billion invested in wind and solar since 2009. In FY16, globally we produced over 3.2 TWh of renewable energy (wind, solar PV and biomass), equivalent to 71% of the energy used in our own operations. By 2020 we will produce as much renewable energy as we consume in our operations.

This commitment to energy efficiency and renewable energy is something we want to share with our customers and so Ikea now only sells LED globes in our stores, our appliances are as energy and water efficient as possible and we divert nearly 80% of the waste we generate from landfill and are continually looking for new ways to improve that. For us sustainability is everyone’s job and it is an important component of our design philosophy, so being energy independent is just one component of that mind set. So far, we have 730,000 solar panels on our stores and other buildings and have committed to own and operate 415 wind turbines. We are doing all this because we want to have a positive impact on our planet, but also because it makes good business sense. It reduces our exposure to increasing energy prices and supporting our business idea to provide customers with quality products at affordable prices.